… and so Teresa, having seen the e-mail, said unto the scribe, “Shall we enter this into Making Light, that it may be known among people, and also that you will cease in the effort of doing the whole [of the]* thing yourself, and return unto the text that is under contract?”
The object of the game is to create the Table of Contents for the Graphic Bible,** an adaptation of the major bestseller with words, illustrations, and sound effects in specialized lettering. Because this is a conceptual book, the actual appearance of the stories left to the reader’s imagination, creators who are no longer among us are permitted; these should be designated by an asterisk.***
A couple of other rule-like objects:
— Feel free to “assign” a book already on the list. If we should get a complete coverage, we might select the best from any multiple entries and make the thing more widely available. (I can think of a couple of ways to get some cash for the CBLDF from this, but that’s a long way off. Allow it to inspire you, though.)
— If you want to combine some of the “serialized” books (e.g., I and II Kings) go right ahead.
— Commentary on your choices is allowed. I did it, after all.
— cf. last entry, commentary on other people’s choices is allowed, too. But you knew that.
— Slipping in creators who haven’t done comics is also allowed (same point as two up). After all, there’s an implied “yet” in the statement.
— There is no sixth rule. Or the other five, really.
For those who need a refresher on The Books of The Book (Haggai? The Epistle to the Chelmians?) here’s a link to an RSV with Apocrypha. If this version does not suit, in the Netiverse they made engines, invented by cunning geeks, to compare strings and score hits.
**”The Comic Bible” has ambiguous connotations. The author’s avatar as standup prophet might someday do “66 Books in 6.6 Minutes,” but stay not thine own breath.
***q.v. entry on the Book of Judges.
And off we go:
Genesis, Stan Lee (script) and Jack Kirby* (art)
Exodus, Alan Moore (script) and Kevin O’Neill (art)
Leviticus, Julie Schwartz* (script) and Curt Swan* (art)
Deuteronomy, Scott McCloud
Judges, Rene Goscinny* and Albert Uderzo [for the Gideon material, naturally]
Ruth, Jill Thompson
Second Book of Samuel, Neil Gaiman (script) and Michael Zulli (art) [This is the one where David commits an impeachable offense]
Esther, Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner (script) and P. Craig Russell (art)
Job, Will Eisner* [I mean, who else?]
Psalms, divers hands (script), Yoshitake Amano (art)
Proverbs, Larry Gonick
Ecclesiastes, Rachel Pollack (script) and Jean “Moebius” Giraud (art)
Lamentations, Neal Adams
The Gospel of St. Mark, Frank Miller
The Gospel of St. John the Divine, Charles Schulz*
The Acts of the Apostles, Shelly Mayer* [uh…]
The Epistle to the Romans, Howard Cruse
The Epistle to the Ephesians, Eddie Campbell
The First Epistle to Timothy,Howard Chaykin
Jude, John Kovalic
The Book of Revelations, Clive Barker (script) and Bill Sienkewicz (art)
The Apocryphal Book of Tobit, J. M. deMatteis (script) and Steve Ditko (art)